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Protecting Kids on Playgrounds in a Warming Climate

 

When you take your child to the community park, do you ever touch the playground equipment? Sometimes it gets so hot you could fry an egg. 

Jennifer Vanos, assistant professor in atmospheric science at Texas Tech University, says there are currently few safety guidelines to help protect children from extreme heat at the playground.

Even a Single Tree Makes a Difference

 

Sometimes it feels like the problem of climate change is so large that there’s nothing a single person can do. But Paul Trianosky, chief conservation officer with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, disagrees.

A Better Way to Manage Reservoir Levels

 

Meteorologists may not be able to prevent drought, but they’re developing tools to lessen its impact along the west coast.

There, long dry spells are offset by a handful of winter storms that produce up to half the region’s precipitation. Since these storms often arrive in clusters, reservoirs can quickly overflow. So when the reservoir reaches a certain level, managers release water, sending a precious resource down the drain.

Helping Bees as the Climate Changes

 

It’s been said that if honeybees disappeared from earth, within four years, humans would too. While many experts say this is exaggerated, we do rely on bees to pollinate one third of the food we eat.

The Climate Benefits of Healthy Forests

TRIANOSKY: “The world’s forests absorb about 2.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year. And that’s equivalent to about a third of the carbon dioxide released by burning fossil fuels.” That’s Paul Trianosky, chief conservation officer at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

Unfortunately, forests – these amazing sponges that soak up carbon – are increasingly vulnerable to insects and disease as the climate changes. Warmer temperatures, changes in rainfall, and droughts all take a toll.

Christian Values and Climate Change.

For Episcopalians, caring for God’s creation means taking care of the Earth and seeking justice for the poor. These concerns have motivated American Episcopalian leaders to speak up about climate change, which they see as a threat to both.

Adding Power to the Value of Trees

 

The shade from trees reliably cools humans and the environment in which they live. Researchers are now trying to show how the energy savings of this ecosystem service can be measured . . .

Read the full article in Nature: Energy.

It’s Time To Stop Overspending Our Freshwater Budget

 

We continue to overspend our budget when it comes to freshwater resources globally. No country is immune; this is not just a challenge for arid regions.

Agriculture is by far the largest consumer of water, and at the same time demand for water to produce energy, industrial products, and the rapidly growing needs in cities are straining our water resources as never before. Add climate change and the situation is quite daunting.

Is soil the great new integrator?

 

Carlos Hernando Molina pressed his boot onto the shovel and the blade cut into the earth. He rocked the handle, turned over the clump of soil, and fingered the dirt to point out the worms, bugs and plant fibers as the soil crumbled.

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